Posts Tagged ‘Michigan excursion trains’

SRI Restoring ex-C&NW 4-6-0 Locomotive

January 22, 2018

The Michigan-based Steam Railroading Institute plans to restore another steam locomotive to operating condition.

The group in Owosso has acquired former Chicago & North Western 4-6-0 No. 175 from the Mineral Range Railroad of Ishpeming, Michigan.

The R-1 class Ten-Wheeler locomotive will join a fleet that includes Pere Marquette 2-8-4 No. 1225 in pulling excursions on the Great Lakes Central Railroad.

No. 175 was built by Alco in Schenectady, New York, in 1908 and worked in Upper Michigan. It is one of three R-1s still in existence

“We’re very excited about a project that’s actually doable,” said SRI executive director Kimberly Springsdorf. “The 175 will be able to go places we can’t go with [No. 1225].”
Kevin Mayer, SRI’s chief mechanical officer, told Trains magazine that the organization decided to buy No. 175 after inspecting it last summer.

The inspection team, which included institute board member Preston Claytor and steam contractor Dan Pluta, determined during an ultrasound test of the boiler and a review of the running gear that restoration was feasible.
“This fits what we’re all about and helps fulfill our mission statement,” Mayer said.

No. 175 could potentially operate on the Great Lakes Central to Petoskey, Michigan, over a 71-stretch of track has bridges that cannot support the weight of the 1225.

SRI officials said they are now exploring fund-raising opportunities to pay for restoration of No. 175, which will be moved by truck to Owosso in June


PM 1225 to Pull August Excursions

April 20, 2017

Pere Marquette 2-8-4 No. 1225 will pull nine roundtrip excursions on Aug. 19 and 20 between Owosso and Howell, Michigan.

The hour-long trips are being conducted in conjunction with Howell’s annual Melon Festival.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Caboose seating is available for $25 for adults and $20 for children.

The excursions will depart from the Ann Arbor Railroad station in downtown Owosso.

The Lima Locomotive Works Berkshire will be fired up on Aug. 18 for hand on the throttle sessions to allow participants up to 30 minutes to operate the locomotive.

Pere Marquette 1225 to Pull March 14 Trip

February 26, 2015

Pere Marquette No. 1225 will pull a one-day excursion from Owosso to Clare, Mich., and return on March 14 to take passengers to the Clare Irish Fetival.

Coach tickets are $124 per person with limited caboose seating tickets priced at $149.

The train will depart from Owosso at 9 a.m. and arrive in Clare at 11:30 a.m.

There will be a three hour layover with the return trip slated to leave at 2:30 p.m. Arrival back in Owosso is around 6 p.m.

Times are subject to change. There will be at least one photo runby during the trip. For more information or to buy tickets go to

Pere Marquette 1225 to Pull March Trip

January 27, 2015

Railyard Productions will sponsor a March 14 excursion behind Pere Marquette 2-8-4 No. 1225.

The steam excursion will operate between Owosso and Clare, Mich., and take passengers to the Clare Irish Festival.

Tickets are $124 per person. Limited seating in a caboose is $149 per person. At least one photo run-by will be held.

The train is scheduled to depart from the Steam Railroading Institute facility in Owosso at 9 a.m. The expected arrival time in Clare is 11:30 a.m.

After a three-hour layover, the train will return to Owosso with an expected departure time of 2:30 p.m. and a 6 p.m. arrival.

For more information, go to

Excursions Set for Michigan Melon Festival

August 2, 2014

Equipment originally purchased for a commuter rail operation in Michigan that has yet to launch will be pressed into excursion service Aug. 16-17.

The Steam Railroading Institute, in partnership with the Great Lakes Central Railroad, will offer hour-long rides during the Howell Melon Festival.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children. For more information, or to reserve seats, go to

The former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy bi-level coaches are owned by the Great Lakes Central and were acquired to be used in the proposed “Wally” commuter train service between Howell and Ann Arbor.

Now known as Mi-Train, a car will be displayed starting on Aug. 15 at 4 p.m. in front of the depot and museum in Howell.